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IWSOS 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany

  Call for Posters and Student Research Competition

  International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (IWSOS 2011)
  KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany, February 23-24, 2011
  Deadline: January 24, 2011

IWSOS 2011 is the fifth workshop in a series of multidisciplinary events 
dedicated to self-organization in networks and networked systems.

IWSOS 2011 solicits submissions for the poster session to be held during 
the workshop. Proposals for poster presentations featuring early research 
work, preliminary results, out-of-the-box ideas, or project or thesis 
descriptions are strongly encouraged. The poster session will provide 
a special opportunity for PhD students to obtain feedback on their work.

Posters with a student as main presenter will participate in the student 
research competition. A winner will be elected by the conference chairs 
and be officially awarded at the conference banquet. The award includes 
a book price sponsored by Wiley. 

Posters should be submitted as a single PDF file to 
"tm-iwsos2011 <at>". The submission should be formatted 
as a large poster or extended abstract (maximum 2 pages). The submission 
must include the names of the authors, affiliations and email addresses 
as well as the status (student/non-student) of the main author. 

Dates: Submissions are due on January 24, 2011. Acceptance notifications 
will be sent on January 31, 2011.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    * Design and analysis of self-organizing and self-managing systems
    * Techniques and tools for modeling self-organizing systems
    * Robustness and adaptation in self-organizing systems, including
      self-protection, diagnosis, and healing
    * Self-configuration and self-optimization
    * Self-organizing group and pattern formation
    * Self-organizing synchronization
    * Self-organizing resource allocation
    * Self-organizing mechanisms for task allocation and coordination
    * Self-organizing information dissemination and content search
    * Security and safety in self-organizing networked systems
    * Structure and dynamics of self-organizing networks
    * Risks and limits of self-organization
    * The human in the loop of self-organizing networks
    * User and operator-related aspects of human-made self-organizing
    * Applications of self-organizing networks and networked systems
    * Peer-to-peer networks, vehicular networks, zeroconfiguration
    * Autonomous traffic lights, self-organized cruise control
    * Decentralized power management in the smart grid
    * Collaborative unmanned ground or aerial vehicles, mobile sensor

**Conference Description**

The concept of self-organization is becoming increasingly popular in 
various branches of technology. A self-organizing system may be 
characterized by global, coordinated activity arising spontaneously 
from local interactions between the system's components. This activity 
is distributed over all components, without a central controller 
supervising or directing the behavior. Self-organization relates 
the behavior of the individual components (the microscopic level) 
to the resulting structure and functionality of the overall system 
(the macroscopic level). Simple interactions at the microscopic 
level may give rise to complex, adaptive, and robust behavior at the 
macroscopic level.

The necessity of self-organization in networks and networked systems 
is caused by the growing scale, complexity, and dynamics of future 
networked systems. This is because traditional methods tend to be 
reductionistic, i.e., they neglect the effect of interactions between 
components. However, in complex networked systems, interactions cannot 
be ignored, since they are relevant for the future state of the system.
In this sense, self-organization becomes a useful approach for dealing 
with the complexity inherent in networked systems.

The workshop addresses self-organization different types of technological 


General chairs: 

    * Martina Zitterbart, KIT, Germany
    * Hermann de Meer, University of Passau, Germany

Program chairs: 

    * Christian Bettstetter, University of Klagenfurt & Lakeside Labs, Austria
    * Carlos Gershenson, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 

Keynote Speakers: 

    * Hermann Haken, prof. em., University of Stuttgart, founder of synergetics 
    * Hod Lipson, associate prof., Cornell, Computational Synthesis Lab